Once Nate and I get an idea in our head we usually just go forward with it very quickly, without too much thought. Like getting a dog, and a cat, and now painting our cabinets. Luckily we have been very happy with the outcomes of those 3 decisions.
Our kitchen cabinets were white and plain. Because they were white, even though we keep a clean house and used the handles, they would get so dirty all the time, every little food spot would show and even the insides were grimy. There was also no trim on the cabinets and they looked like shop cabinets. Also, our kitchen walls are tan, our counter tops are tan, and our appliances are white. It was just way too much white for us.
This last weekend was supposed to be rainy, so once we figured out that we had a little bit of free money in our budget we decided it was a perfect weekend to take on a project. Little did we know how much work the project would actually be.
The steps of the project included
- removing all the cabinet doors
- measuring each door precisely
- picking out a trim
- picking out a paint color
- figuring out how much trim we needed based on each board being 7 feet, and what pieces would fit on what boards (we decided upon 11 boards)
- cutting each board into the right sizes for the trim
- sanding down each cabinet door (because whoever painted them last was sloppy, also some of the wood was curved or bumpy)
- removing all our stuff from the cabinets and drawers
- cleaning out the cabinets and drawers
- gluing the cut trim pieces on to each board (and allowing to dry for 30 minutes)
- painting the insides of the cabinets while the doors are off
- painting a second coat on the inside and sides of the cabinets
- sanding the drawer fronts
- painting two coats on the drawers
- re-attaching the cabinet doors to their correct places
- painting two coats of paint onto the cabinet doors and hinges (they were painted white already)
- allowing everything to dry
- adding the handles back to the drawers and cabinets
- touching up the spots where the white paint shown through
- returning everything back to its proper place
By the way, with the new trim one of our cabinet doors wouldn’t open because the trim added a lot to the thickness and they are very close together. So one of our cabinets is now and open cabinet. We weren’t expecting it, but we are really happy with how it turned out, and like the idea of the open cabinet.
Here are some pictures of the finished product. What do you think?